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‘This happened’ – British Daily Telegraph publishes picture of Israeli baby victim of Hamas terror

Newspaper quotes Israeli Foreign Ministry, prints gruesome photo on page 3

Screenshot of the front page of the Daily Telegraph, Oct. 13, 2023

The British newspaper Daily Telegraph dedicated its Friday edition, in print and online, to a photograph proving that Hamas killed, burned and mutilated Israeli children, which was published by the Israeli Foreign Ministry on X.

Following reports of atrocities carried out by Hamas terrorists in Israel last Saturday began to circulate on X (formerly Twitter), some of those reports were doubted or questioned, with many demanding concrete proof.

Specifically, details regarding the number of murdered babies in Kfar Azza and their mutilation, which was reported by Israeli's i24 news, among others, were doubted – and even mocked.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry, therefore, decided to confront the world with the full scale of the Hamas atrocities and published three horrific, graphic photos of the bodies of dead Israeli babies.

“This is the most difficult image we’ve ever posted,” began the statement which accompanied the photos and was printed by the Telegraph.

“As we are writing this we are shaking. We went back and forth about writing this, but we need each and every one of you to know. This happened,” the Foreign Ministry wrote.

Under the statement, the Telegraph commented, “The picture on Page 3 is harrowing, but The Daily Telegraph believes it is a vital portrait of a horrendous attack.”

As a reaction to rising conspiracy theories shedding doubt about Israel's reports of the massacres perpetrated by Hamas, the Foreign Ministry decided to cross its own previous red lines and publish graphic photos to provide evidence to the world.

Until today, Israel has never published explicit documentation of terror victims out of concerns over privacy and public decency.

“What was is not what will be," said Israel's Director of the Digital Diplomacy Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, David Saranga.

"The events necessitated a change in the way we explain things."

Among other horrific images published by the Foreign Ministry, a video showed a burnt-out car with at least two charred bodies still inside, of those who apparently had tried to flee the massacre.

The campaign to doubt Israeli reports of Hamas atrocities is supported by the terror organization’s highest ranks.

Saleh el-Arouri, seen as the Hamas terror organization's second highest-ranking leader, told Al-Jazeera on Thursday that Hamas didn’t kill civilians and only targeted soldiers.

“When the Israeli Gaza Division collapsed, civilians from Gaza entered and clashed with the settlers, and civilians fell,” Arouri claimed.

“Hamas cannot harm civilians or prisoners, and we act in accordance with international laws of war and according to the instructions of the commander of the al-Qassam Brigades, Abu Khaled al-Deif, not to harm children and women,” he added.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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